Return of the slow burn on 'Boardwalk Empire'


"Am I interesting now?", Chalky White (Michael K. Williams) asks menacingly in tonight's episode of "Boardwalk Empire." And the answer is yes -- but not always. While audiences are grateful to see him back tonight, along with some other key characters, "Spaghetti & Coffee" wasn't quite as compelling as last week's season premiere. "Boardwalk's" biggest flaw is its inconsistency: Some episodes are packed with shocking twists and character kill-offs, while others are more melancholy and lack momentum. Episode 2 from Season 3 is part of the lull interval, generating that slow burn. It doesn't make viewers squirm or leave them with their jaws wide open -- which they've grown to love. Even when a tense confrontation between rival gangs at the end of the episode commands attention, it ends in an non-violent, frustrating denouement. Chalky White and Eli Thompson (Shea Whigham) are both central to the episode, and struggling as heads of their household. White...


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